Aconcagua: Itinerary

Wishes for good luck and health pour in. At work, colleagues ask, “Excited?” “Ready?” Yep and yep. Friends and family reach out, wanting to meet for a hike, run or cup of tea. “When are you leaving?” “How long will it take to climb the mountain?” “When do you get back?” 

My dog Tahawus is not looking too happy. He knows I’m packing.

Lets start with when do I leave. Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14.

Andy will drive Spence and I from Paul Smith’s College to Albany International Airport. There we’ll meet Tim, Henry, Paul and Justin and board our flight to Atlanta at 6:30 pm. From Atlanta, we’ll meet our 7th team member, Jason and settle in for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile, arriving around 10:30 in the morning.

How long will it take to climb the mountain? About 2-2.5 weeks. Below is the shakedown:

Day 1: Fly from Santiago to Mendoza, weather looks sunny and warm 80’s-90’s.

Day 2: Get permits, head to Puenta del Inca

Days 3-5: Trek to base camp

Day 6: Rest day and set up base camp (14,271 ft)

Day 7: Carry to camp 1, sleep at base camp

Day 8: Carry remaining gear to camp 1 and sleep at camp 1 (16,568 ft)

Day 9: Rest day (optional, most likely not needed)

Day 10: Carry to camp 2, sleep at camp 1

Day 11: Carry and sleep at camp 2 (18,208 ft)

Day 12: Carry and camp at Standard Route (19,455 ft)

Days 13-15: Summit attempts via Polish Glacier and Standard Route (22,841 ft)

Day 16: Hike out (standard approach)

Day 17 –18: Head to Santiago (beach if time allows), then fly home Sunday, March 3.

When do you get home? Monday, March 4 is the scheduled day. Fingers crossed, I’ll be home Monday night and doing a huge load of laundry!

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1 comment

  1. Good luck to everyone,hope that the weather holds for summiting. Looks like wicked fun.


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